The high-defintion era at News 4 was supposed to begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, but foul weather in Torrey Pines, Cal. left a room full of twitchy people twitching for a few minutes longer.
It was a rare rainy day in Southern California and the 18th hole was playing much slower than expected. CBS Sports coverage of the Buick Classic droned on as Tiger Woods hit his tee shot into a right side bunker.
The network hand-off we all expected at 5:29:30 came and went. KMOV-TV director of operations Jim Rothschild scratched his goatee and tapped his pen on a yellow legal pad in his lap.
"Come on," he intoned at the widescreen monitor several feet away. Rothschild was imploring Woods to chip out of that soggy sand trap and wrap up a tournament he could not lose.
A wall full of even bigger monitors loomed over everyone. The glowing screens showed more than three dozen video sources, cued and ready like sprinters in the blocks.
News 4 producer Beth Feldmann checked over her rundown, dropping parts of her newscast as the minutes ticked away.
Larry Connors and Vickie Newton settled into their chairs on set.
And Tiger drained his putt.
"Keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times," said director Tim Coghlan. He would steer the techinical aspects of the station's inaugural HD broadcast from his seat in the center of the room.
Heartbeats later, CBS network handed control back to St. Louis and the very jittery group of people huddled inside the room we know as "B Control."
"Here we go," said Rothschild.
With little fanfare, KMOV-TV broadcast its first news images in beautiful 1080i high-definition at around 5:40 p.m.
Our HD era didn't start exactly as we had planned it, but when it rains in Southern California... it pours everywhere else.